REVIEW: Vintage Trouble, Northumbria University, Newcastle

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THEY say good things come to those who wait, patience is a virtue, and patience is power.

Well, it’s fair to say that this gig lived up to every single quote in the book as fans of the superb Vintage Trouble were made to wait for their 90 minutes of genius.

Having played a storming set in support of The Who at Newcastle Arena, the band hotfooted it over to the university for what was billed as a “late headline show” – and late was the key word as some technical issues meant the band didn’t take to the stage until 11.40pm.

But, once they were there, it was yet another display of class from the foursome whose fans – known as Troublemakers – are rapidly becoming some of the most fanatical in the world.

Opening with Pelvis Pusher, they stormed through a set with all the big numbers in, including Not Alright By Me, Nancy Lee, You Better Believe It and, of course, the one the UK fell in love with them for, Blues Hand Me Down.

Yet again, Ty Tyler showed why he is one of the best front men there has even been, with a hugely energetic performance that combined vocal prowess with ultimate showmanship.

But in order to do this he needs an engine behind him that belts out some stunning sounds, and in Nalle Colt (guitar), Rick Barrio Dill (bass) and Richard Danielson (drums) he has just that. This is a group in complete control of themselves.

There’s an understanding between them few bands have and it shows in their live performances. This is the fifth time I have seen them and each time they get better and better, but soon there will come a time when they step back to record a hugely-anticipated follow-up to the debut album The Bomb Shelter Sessions.